Dana C. Ackley, Ph.D.

Author Dana C. Ackley, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized expert on EQ Coaching. He has given invited addresses in London, Sydney, the Gold Coast of Australia, Brisbane, and Toronto, as well as in multiple cities across the US. He has been named a Fellow of the American Psychological Association twice. His original EQ Leader Program (2006) was the first comprehensive program for building EQ skills. It has been used by coaches and organizations worldwide. He coaches leaders in Fortune 500 companies, major healthcare systems, consulting firms, family businesses, and professional firms. Experienced executive coaches frequently seek Dana out for consultation.

Dana is the founder and CEO of EQ Leader, Inc, which provides executive coaching and organizational consultation services. He received his doctorate in Psychology from the Florida State University in 1973. For twenty-five years, he worked with families to help them overcome deep divides and significant challenges. For the past two decades he has served as an executive coach and organizational consultant to business. He has twice been named a Fellow of the American Psychological Association for innovative thinking in using psychological knowledge to solve vexing problems.

Dana is an internationally recognized expert in Emotional Intelligence (EQ). His book, The EQ Leader Program (MHS, 2006), was the first comprehensive, science-based program designed to develop EQ skills in leaders. Dana uses the program in much of his work. It is a science-based and respectful way to help people develop new insights and grow skills to achieve their next level of success. The EQ Leader Program manual has been used by coaches and consultants who work with leaders around the world. The manual was completely revised in 2020 to include fourteen years of insights and experiences gained by Dr. Ackley in the use of the program and to align the program with MHS’s EQ-i 2.0.

Coming up with creative solutions to challenging problems has been a hallmark of Dana’s work, which often requires him to bring conflicting views into a coherent, integrated, and actionable approach. He is a sought-after program developer, presenter, facilitator, and coach, skilled in: listening for what matters, organizing, troubleshooting, problem solving, and conflict resolution.

Dana has more than 50,000 client contact hours helping individuals and organizations build the skills needed for success, including constructive influence, political savvy, negotiating, breaking down silos, and re-framing issues to reveal unexpected solutions. Client organizations come from the fields of financial services, insurance, manufacturing, healthcare, family business, law, non-profits, government, law enforcement, publishing, and higher education.

Because of his training and experience as a psychologist, Dana’s clients learn to use valuable tools that they can leverage to make their leadership ideas more actionable and effective. The questions he asks help people articulate their ideas more effectively, examine and question their long held assumptions, understand their own positions versus interests and those of the people they need to interact with, and think about themselves and their situations in ways that allow them to break through old barriers that may have limited them for years.

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